I stood there, coffee in hand, nozzle in the other, watering my grass. The water sprinkled out over the green sprouts. I relaxed into the moment as the sun sparkled off the mist and the morning breeze pleasantly played with the leaves in the trees.
Then it struck me.
Here I am watering my grass, hoping for it to grow and have the best life possible. But even as I do it - I am watering the weeds as well. I don't want the weeds, but as I water my grass - I am giving those weeds exactly what they need to grow and thrive too.
"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18)
The Christian desires to grow in faith - that is, grow in trusting in that grace revealed in Christ, and in knowing more and more about how all-encompassing that grace is. But there is a problem. The weeds are growing too. Sin. False desires. False faiths. And much like my lawn, there is nothing I can do about.
Oh - but wait - there is this guy I can call. He comes with a truck and sprays my lawn and the weeds go away. Likewise with my soul - there is this guy I can call. I pray to Him. I pour out my concerns to Him, and He comes along with His bloody hose and forgives all my sins. He feeds my soul His promises. He enters into my yard with His grace and clears the weeds away - so that I might marvel anew and grow in Him.
Pray to the Lord. Ask Him to make you grow in His grace. Ask Him to clear the weeds away with that same grace. Ask Him to make the lawn of your soul a beautiful green carpet of perfect grass - one ready to host any hurting other person and show them the same grace He has shown you.
We don't deserve a weed-free soul, but Christ gives us one anyway. We don't deserve to have Him hear our prayers and come running to help us, but He does it anyway. That's grace. God's riches at Christ's expense. All of it - For You.